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Revitalized Storyland Grand Re-Opening Date Announced

Grand Opening:  Saturday September 28th at noon

Nearly 35 years after the last major renovation, the revitalization will bring in four new exhibits and will update the existing beloved exhibits New Orleanians know so well. City Park temporarily closed the Storyland gates in July 2019 and worked through the summer months to have Storyland ready for Ghosts in the Oaks and Celebration in the Oaks.

City Park’s focus for the revitalization include: incorporating STEM and interactive-play for the whole family, increasing ADA accessibility for more exhibits, and increasing inclusion.

“We’re thrilled to announce the grand re-opening date for the revitalized Storyland. We’re excited to be able to present to the children of New Orleans and the region a chance to live inside of the stories they read,” said Bob Becker, City Park CEO.

New exhibits include: Humpty Dumpty, Tortoise and the Hare, and Boudreaux the Zydeco Gator. The fourth new exhibit, Jack and the Beanstalk, will open later this fall.

Existing renovated exhibits include: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Peter Pan’s Pirate Adventure, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, Jack and Jill, Pinocchio and the Whale, Cinderella’s Pumpkin, Puff the Magic Dragon slide, Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, Old King Cole, and the Storyland Castle. Large enhancements have been made to Alice in Wonderland, Hey Diddle Diddle, the Gingerbread Man's Candy Lane, and the Little Mermaid, where children and parents alike will be able to drive motorized pirate ships around the pond. There will also be photo opportunities to become an astronaut or a mermaid and children can sit on Anansi the Spider’s back.
          
The enhanced Hey Diddle Diddle exhibit will now be ADA accessible and will display educational information within the space ship featuring the history and diversity of NASA.

“We’re also excited to announce City Park as the new home for the Charles Bolden, Jr. LES Space Suit acquired on loan from NASA. Bolden was the first African-American to permanently hold the title of NASA Administrator. He also served as a NASA astronaut for 14 years and has logged nearly 700 hours during four space flights,” Bob Becker explains.

The suit will be in City Park for five years housed inside the Oscar J. Tolmas Visitor Center, the main entrance to Storyland. The suit connects to the Hey Diddle Diddle exhibit, which celebrates the diversity of NASA. In addition to featuring Bolden, the exhibit highlights the first African-American female and male astronauts into space, Mae Jemison and Guion Bluford, Jr, the first American female into space, Sally Ride, and the African-American females who blazed new trails for NASA, known as human computers, Dorothy Vaughn, Katherine Johnson, and Mary Jackson. The exhibit also touches on other historical events within NASA with a nod to the future possibilities for the next chapter of Mars discovery.

This incredible renovation and revitalization was made possible through private funding from individuals and local foundations, with lead support from Friends of City Park and Boysie & Joy Bollinger. Please visit this link to donate and to see a list of donors. 

This blog post features Storyland, which does not include the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park (rides). Click here for information and hours for Carousel Gardens. 

WHEN:   Grand Opening:  Saturday September 28th at noon

LOCATION: 5 Victory Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70124

PRICE: $5/person
Children 36” tall and under receive free admission with paid adult
Friends of City Park members receive free admission

PURCHASE: tickets on this link

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City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center Wins National Award

Pictured: Patti Todd, Director of Tennis for the City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has announced that City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center is one of 25 winners in the 38th annual USTA Facility Awards program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country. City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center was honored at the USTA Semi-Annual Meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on August 29, 2019.

City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center was the original home of the Sugar Bowl Tennis Tournament, established in 1948. The venue prides itself as the center of tennis in New Orleans, having been in existence for 118 years.

To be considered for an award, facilities must be under the jurisdiction of a park and recreation department, an educational institution, a nonprofit corporation or be a private or commercially owned and operated facility that offers both USTA and public programming designed to help grow tennis.

“Great tennis facilities like City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center help us to grow the game at the grass-roots level, and we are proud to recognize them for their ongoing impact on the sport of tennis,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, USTA National Campus. “City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center has embraced many of our tennis initiatives and kept the sport at the forefront of its community each year.”

ABOUT THE CITY PARK/PEPSI TENNIS CENTER:

The best tennis complex in the state, the facility offers 26 lighted courts (16 hard courts, 10 clay courts), a practice court with two backboards, showers and lockers for players. The City Park / Pepsi Tennis Center also hosts the annual Sugar Bowl Tournament and summer tennis clinics for kids. USPTA/PTR Certified Pros are available for lessons. Call the Clubhouse for more information, to reserve a court, or to book a lesson.

Address: City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center: 5900 Marconi Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124

For further information: Patti Todd, Director of Tennis, New Orleans City Park: 504-483-9383 and neworleanscitypark.com/in-the-park/pepsi-tennis-center